What Vitamins Are Necessary For Our Health?
Growing up, we’ve all heard that vitamins are good for us – at least, that’s what our parents and our textbooks told us. But today, we wonder, how exactly are vitamins helpful to us? What function do they perform in our bodies? What is the importance of consuming vitamins?
Let’s revisit this basic information, so we can make a more conscious effort to eat and take in more vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins – What do They Do For Us?
Though there are many vitamins and minerals and they are all equally important for our health, here, we discuss some of the most basic ones.
Vitamin A is also called retinoid or carotenes. You can get your fill of these vitamins from potatoes, carrots, fish, mangoes, butter, cheese, beef, and milk. Most people are not deficient in Vitamin A as there is an ample amount of it in foods that we consume daily. Vitamin A is essential for good vision, and keeping skin and tissues healthy (which is why it is also used in anti-aging creams). It also assists in bone growth and development.
Many vitamins fall under Vitamin B. It is a broad category, including vitamin B2, B6, B12, B9, and many more. While the general job of vitamin B is to help convert food into energy, each different type of vitamin B has a set of other jobs to perform as well.
Ascorbic acid is perhaps the most well-known vitamin to us. Present in oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, spinach, grapefruit, and a variety of other fruits, vitamin C is crucial in strengthening our immune system against diseases. Sufficient levels of vitamin C can also help you fight off cataracts and reduces the risk of many types of cancers, including those of the breast, mouth, and stomach.
Calciferol is famed because the body can make this with enough sunlight. Unluckily, though, our lifestyles don’t allow us to stay out in the sun enough for our bodies to make enough. This is why this is one vitamin that most people are deficient in.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy teeth and bones, and also to regulate the levels of calcium, so supplements are often necessary.
Alpha-tocopherol is the official name of vitamin E, and this vitamin is found naturally in vegetables, vegetable oils, leafy greens, and nuts. Research suggests that sufficient levels of vitamin E help fight off Alzheimer’s in old age. Vitamin E also acts as an anti-oxidizing agent, neutralizing harmful cells in the body.
Vitamin K is also known as phylloquinone, menadione, and is found in a lot of foods, including cabbage, eggs, liver, sprouts, and other green vegetables. Vitamin K is responsible for regulating proteins and calcium that enable blood clotting.
If you are deficient in all or most of these vitamins, you can get an IV vitamin infusion therapy on a clinician’s recommendation, where a mixture of all vitamins will be injected into your bloodstream through an IV drip at Manzil Health.
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